Table of Contents: Dec. 20, 2004

10 QUESTIONS: Kanye West, hip-hop's brightest star, on God, girls and school 8

LETTERS 14

NOTEBOOK

Behind Kerik's Fall Plus: Ukraine's toxic politics; Snow's survival; IBM fires the PC; the great whiskey gap 21

MILESTONES: Mia Hamm retires; Dick Clark recuperates 29

WORLD

The Army's Armor Gap How a lack of safe combat vehicles put U.S. troops at risk 30

THE Best Pictures OF THE Year

The most compelling images, from Baghdad's bloodshed to Saturn's brilliance 61

SIX WHO SAW: A tribute to great photographers we lost 116

NATION

The Gubernator Arnold still wins the popular vote, but can his one-man...

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